Arthur Bull and Daniel Heïkalo's first album together was released by Ambiances Magnétiques. This follow-up came out on the much more low-profile home label Heïkalo Sound Productions. Sound quality goes down a notch, but this CD captures more of the essence of the duo's live music. More fanciful and wild, it exemplifies the dichotomy of these two characters better. Bull is the calm half; sober and introverted, he performs on prepared electric guitar, often using an e-bow. His playing remains close to Derek Bailey's, although with a folk touch. In terms of personality, Heïkalo represents the complete opposite. Scattered between acoustic, electric, and classical guitar, not to mention recorder, junk percussion, and voice, his energy storms all over the stage. A storyteller in "L'Histoire du Valentin Cynique" and a junkyard drummer in "Le Tintinabulum du Printemps 2001," he also finds time to sit down for two beautiful guitar duets, "Râclage à Cordes" and "Deux Effileurs de Pendrioches Locomotrices" (think of Eugene Chadbourne and Henry Kaiser's duets). Bull is the lamppost to which Heïkalo's leash is attached and Deuxième Acte communicates this live yin and yang very well. It will be harder to find (try the label's website at http://www.trotbo.com), but if you like Derapages A Cordes, you should hear this one too.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture